How far your taxi ride can go will depend on a few factors, such as your country’s taxi license policy, country’s size, country’s driving hours limit, your budget, and driving app policy. Apps like Uber and Lyft have quality control policies that determine how long your ride can go in ideal cases. Each factor will be addressed one after the other in this post.
All these factors can come into play when your driver at least meets the minimum requirements to drive in any state. Your driver must have the appropriate papers, expect no issues with authorities for illegal baggage or number plate, and the taxi must be in good condition. Of course, the driver must also be of sound mind and body. When these things are settled, we can then go back to the actual discussion.
Your driver can go as far as the country’s interstate driving policy allows. Drivers in the United States, for instance, can only drive within the state that they have received a license to drive in. It is common to see states in the US close to one another allowing licensed taxis to travel through them, so long as they have a license in each location to drive. In places that do not have these regulations, taxi drivers can then go as long as other factors will be discussed.
A second factor that can determine how far your ride can go is the country’s size. If you are not limited by the licensing, then you should expect a much longer drive in places like Russia. You can have a 90-kilometer drive from Moscow to Severka, and longer trips up to 300 kilometers are not uncommon.
The driving period can be limited by the state’s statutory working hours limit. Countries have slight variation in working hours allowed, with countries in the US, UK, Europe allowing at most 48 hours per week, and six between the break, at most.
Apps for driving services like Uber, Lyft, Bolt have regulations to protect drivers from exhaustion, although there is no specific regulation on how long you can go. A driver cannot continue to drive beyond 4 hours before they are expected to stop and get some rest, so the app automatically stops. Drivers who wish to go beyond this limit can then request another order from clients.
Budget is a big factor in what you get in trips, pretty much like in everything else. If your offer is good, people will be more likely to go outside their comfort to offer whatever service you want. In countries with lenient traffic regulations, it is possible to have them go beyond the limits allowed. It is common in developing countries or low labor countries to have rules thrown around when money is involved. However, it is advised to stay within the limits of the law so you do not fall victim to crooks. It is a simple rule of thumb: a person who is likely to break the law for money can swindle or rob you as well, especially when you are a stranger and not so familiar with your route.
Another big factor determining how long your taxi driver may be willing to take you is your relationship during the trip. If your attitude is bad towards these people, they won’t fancy a long trip. Drivers hate inconsiderate, naughty, frustrated, and do not show confidence in their driving ability or doubt their city knowledge. Treat drivers nicely to encourage them to offer whatever help they can. Remember that if you get along well, you may end up with a free ride after all.
When your taxi driver doesn’t break any state operation rules, and the taxi is in its optimum capacity, you can definitely have a long trip. If you also understand these regulations and limits, you may be tempted to trick your driver into going longer distances than they may be willing to go ordinarily. While you can achieve this by simply hopping in the taxi before discussing your destination, you should show courtesy to your driver instead. Offer the driver the opportunity to cancel trips that you are certain they may not want to embark on.